Showa Modern outruns favorite at Yasuda Kinen

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Showa Modern, eighth in the pre-race odds, covered the 1,600-meter turf track in 1 minute, 31.7 seconds.Super Hornet and Smile Jack made it close in a photo finish for second and third. Reach the Crown placed 14th in the 18-horse field.“He (Show Modern) got rid of some fatigue from the previous race and his break at the end was fantastic. I was confident in his ability. The race went just as I had imagined,” said Goto.A Shin Forward took the lead in the early going before Triumph March made a move on the outside to go neck and neck on the final straight, but Showa Modern broke to the front and held off desperate charges by Super Hornet and Smile jack.The six-year-old won his first Grade One race and earned 100 million yen for the first prize. It was Goto’s second career victory at the Yasuda Kinen.“It is somewhat late in his career to win a Grade One race, but I believe he still he has a lot of fight in him,” said Goto.Showa Modern paid out ¥1,390 on a ¥100 wager. Long-shot Showa Modern won the Yasuda Kinen by a comfortable margin while top favorite Reach the Crown faded into the distance on Sunday.Jockey Hiroki Goto led his horse out of the pack on the final furlong to cross the finish a half length ahead of sixth pick Super Hornet, with fifth favorite Smile Jack in third at Tokyo Racecourse.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

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